Joe Reardon

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Wednesday was Joe Reardon’s last day in office.

The popular, 2-term head of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas says there were many things he was proud of accomplishing, and a few things he regretted not getting done.

Here are the things he was most proud of:

A Mayoral Summit

Apr 22, 2013
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It’s the end of an era for one city leader, while events march on for another.

Top Of The Morning News : March 13, 2013

Mar 13, 2013
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Missouri Senate Passes Tax Overhaul

Over objections from Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri Senate has passed a tax overhaul that would cut income taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars annually for residents and businesses. It would also boost sales taxes.

The legislation is promoted by supporters as the most dramatic change to Missouri’s tax policies in decades. It’s prompted by a desire to compete with sweeping income tax cuts in Kansas.

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Kansas City Kansas Mayor and Unified Government CEO  Joe Reardon took the Google Fiber theme to an unexpected place as his annual State of Unified Government became  audience-interactive.

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On Tuesday, voters in Wyandotte County will narrow the field of candidates for the Mayor/CEO of Unified Government.  The number running will be reduced from five to two, going into the April general election.  KCUR’s Dan Verbeck reports on candidates’ backgrounds and issue-positions that have appeared since the campaign began in earnest only a month ago.

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Wyandotte County has cashed in on its first payment from a new casino at the Kansas Speedway.

The Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, Joe Reardon, announced today he would not seek reelection for a third term this spring. In a letter from his office, Reardon said he made the decision based on personal reasons.

“I have a family at home that I love very much. It is important to me that I spend more time with them. My two sons are growing up much too quickly,” he said in his letter, which is posted in full on his Facebook page.

That Wyandotte County is grappling with some major health issues is no secret.  It’s ranked one of the least healthy regions in Kansas, and findings from a recent health assessment reaffirm the challenges:

Medical Software Giant Expands In KCK

Apr 25, 2012
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Construction is now underway at Cerner’s new campus near the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Once completed, the $190 million development will contain two nine-story buildings on a 660,000 square-foot campus and employ thousands of people.

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For the second time in slightly more than a hundred years,  a current or  former  president  visited the  Kansas  town of Osawatomie. There were similarities, then and now. Inside Osawatomie  High School   gymnasium President Barack Obama encouraged his listeners,  cajoled  Congress  and  invoked  the   memory of  Theodore Roosevelt.  KCUR's  Dan  Verbeck  was there and  described hundreds waiting in line on  streets and sidewalks.